McMichen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

McMichen comes from the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland's west coast and Hebrides islands. The name comes from the devotion of an ancestor to St. Michael. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Giolla Mhicheil, which means son of the servant of St. Michael.

Early Origins of the McMichen family

The surname McMichen was first found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the McMichen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McMichen research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1204, 1506, 1735, and 1788 are included under the topic Early McMichen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McMichen Spelling Variations

The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years McMichen has appeared as MacMichael, MacGilliemichael and others.

Early Notables of the McMichen family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McMichen family to Ireland

Some of the McMichen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 51 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States McMichen migration to the United States +

Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name McMichen or a variant listed above:

McMichen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alice Maud Mary McMichen, aged 52, originally from Liverpool, England, who arrived in New York in 1913 aboard the ship "Cedric" from Liverpool, England [1]
  • Arthur McMichen, aged 35, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Belgic" from Liverpool, England [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name McMichen (post 1700) +

  • Robert McMichen, American union leader of the International Typographical Union in the 1980s
  • Mitch McMichen, American percussionist, known for his work with Brad Paisley on his albums Who Needs Pictures and Part II
  • Clayton McMichen (1900-1970), American fiddler and country musician on Facebook
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